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Ethnographic Terminalia seeks submissions for Audible Observatories

Call for Submissions

Ethnographic Terminalia seeks submissions for Audible Observatories, an exhibition to be held in San Francisco in November 2012.  Artist-researchers, collaborators, anthropologists and other artistically inclined scholars are encouraged to submit their proposals prior to July 15, 2012.

Audible Observatories makes a playful connection between research-based art and place-bound exhibition in order to animate a curatorial vision that foregrounds audio-centric works within a broader rubric of site-specificity. We conceptualize the audible observatory as either a mobile or a stationary site of perception that is sensible to others just as it is a place from which sensing the world happens.  Audible observatories are points of sensory convergence.  They are nodes where worlds perceived through the senses intersect and begin the labour of transforming independent events into knowable and meaningful claims.  They speak and they are spoken to.

Audible Observatories will be a distributed public event in San Francisco with an amalgam of location specific points and zones of exhibition.  We are looking for research-based audio focused works to exhibit. These might include digital media, image, and sound files, websites and other interactive media, video works where audio figures prominently.  Sculptural and other works will also be considered. In some cases we may be able to support installation. As in past shows, we will work with our exhibitors (if necessary) to develop installations and short statements about their work which point to larger interpretive frameworks.

This project ties in with and is supported by the meetings of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Visual Anthropology. A round table discussion featuring Steve Feld, John Wynne, Angus Carlyle, and Rupert Cox has been organized and will be taking place during the course of this event.  We also expect to be exhibiting work by these artists.

Ethnographic Terminalia is an initiative designed to celebrate borders without necessarily exalting them.  Now in its fourth year of exhibition, it is meant to be a playful engagement with reflexivity and positionality; it seeks to ask what lies beyond and what lies within disciplinary territories.  Ethnographic Terminalia is an exploration of what means to exhibit anthropology – particularly in some of its less traditional forms – in proximity to and conversation with contemporary art practices.

For submission information, please click here.

ETHNOGRAPHIC TERMINALIA 2011: MONTRÉAL – FIELD, STUDIO, LAB

Logo designed by Ian Kirkpatrick

 

Exhibition & Opening Reception/Public Vernissage

 The terminus is the end, the boundary, and the border.

It is also a beginning, its own place, a site of experience and encounter.

Ethnographic Terminalia is an annual exhibition of international artists and researchers working at the intersection of art and anthropology. From 15-19 November 2011, Ethnographic Terminalia welcomes visitors at Eastern Bloc Centre for New Media and Interdisciplinary Art in Montréal, Canada. This year’s show is organized in collaboration with Concordia University’s Centre for Ethnographic Research & Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (CEREV) and is scheduled to coincide with the 110th annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), which are convening in Canada for the first time. Ethnographic Terminalia brings anthropologists and artists together in the gallery space to investigate the borders and blurrings of contemporary art practice and alternative modes of cultural inquiry and representation.  Ethnographic Terminalia is an exploration of what it might mean to exhibit anthropology – particularly in some of its less traditional forms – in proximity to and conversation with contemporary art practices.

Now in its third year (following New Orleans in 2010 and in Philadelphia in 2009), Ethnographic Terminalia represents an international array of creative material, conceptual, and new media engagements where anthropology and art intersect: sound, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, film, internet and multi-media. For Ethnographic Terminalia 2011: Montréal the curators have selected over twenty five artists and cultural researchers including: Humberto Vélez, Ian Kirkpatrick, Renée Ridgway, Jennifer Willett, Benjamin Funke, Chantal Francoeur, Venetia Dale, Barbara Rosenthal, Reynard Loki & Maciej Toporowicz (Momentech), Chantal Gibson, Andrew Norman Wilson, Steven Foster, Siraj Izhar, Henry Adam Svec, Shannon Dosemagen & Sara Wylie (PLOTS), La Cosa Preziosa (Susanne Caprara), Luc Messinezis, Laura Malacart, Alyssa Grossamn & Selena Kimball, Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier & Marie-Josée Proulx, Lesley Braun, Sarah Christman, Aryo Danusiri, Valentina Ferrandes, Erin Newell, and projects from Concordia University’s CEREV Workshop (Erica Lehrer, Florencia Marchetti, Monica Eileen Patterson, Joseph Rosen, Selina Antonucci, Ashley Clarkson, Katie King, Matthew Foster, Rachel Rotrand, and Alejandrom Yishizawa).

Location: Eastern Bloc Centre for New Media and Interdisciplinary Art, 7240 Clark, 2nd floor, Montréal, Quebec, H2R 2Y
Opening Reception: Friday 18 November 2011 7.30pm.
Gallery Hours 15-19 November 2011: Tues – Sat | 12pm-5pm
Cost: Entry is free

 In addition to the main exhibition, other events sponsored by Ethnographic Terminalia include:

18 November 2011 –

  • AAA “Terminalia Terminal”: A Concordia University shuttle bus will offer free transportation for AAA delegates from the Palais des Congrès de Montréal to Eastern Bloc for the Opening Reception. A schedule of departures times will be available after 1 November 2011 at: www.ethnographicterminalia.org  
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m.: Conversation with artist Humberto Vélez, AGYU Assistant Director and Curator Emelie Chhangur, and Ethnographic Terminalia curators about research, ethics, and community. Documentation of Humberto Vélez’s The Awakening (2011) will be screened.
  • 7:30-10:00 p.m.: Opening Reception / Public Vernissage (free entry, open to public, cash bar)

 19 November 2011 –

  • 3:00-5:00 p.m.: Roundtable discussion at Eastern Bloc with Concordia/McGill faculty & exhibitors.
  • 7:00 p.m.: Screening of a 35mm print of the ethnographic film, Sweetgrass (2010), with co-director Lucien Castaing-Taylor in attendance. DeSeve Cinema (Concordia University)

Visit www.ethnographicterminalia.org regularly for updates & details after 1 November 2011

Principle Curators:
Kate Hennessy, School of Interactive Arts + Technology, SFU (Vancouver, Canada)
Fiona McDonald, University College London (London, England)
Trudi Lynn Smith, York University (Toronto, Canada)

Partnering Curator:
Erica Lehrer, Concordia University (Montréal, Canada)

Co-Curators:
Stephanie Takaragawa, Chapman University (Orange, USA)
Craig Campbell, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, USA)
Maria Brodine, Columbia University (New York, USA)

Sponsors: CEREV Workshop, Concordia University, Canada Research Chairs, Making Culture Lab/Simon Fraser University, AAA Community Engagement Fund, Society for Visual Anthropology, Council of Museum Anthropology.

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International Call for Submissions: Ethnographic Terminalia 2011: Montréal

The terminus is the end, the boundary, and the border; of course the terminus is also a beginning as well as its own place, its own site of experience and encounter.

Ethnographic Terminalia is an initiative that brings artists and anthropologists together to engage emerging research through installation and exhibition. As a platform from which divergent modes and methodologies of inquiry are articulated, Ethnographic Terminalia asks what lies within and beyond disciplinary territories, and how those boundaries shape the representation of cultural practice. Organized as a para-site to the annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, the gallery show will take place in Montréal, Canada, at Eastern Bloc Centre for New Media and Interdisciplinary Art (14-20 November 2011). Now in its third year, Ethnographic Terminalia represents a diversity of material, conceptual, and creative engagements with art and anthropology, capturing a multiplicity of mediums where anthropology and art intersect. These include: sound, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, film, internet and multi-media, and engage both gallery spaces and site-specific locations.

Panamanian artist Humberto Vélez has accepted our invitation to anchor the 2011 exhibition with a premiere of his video documentation of his collaborative work, The Awakening. The Awakening activates questions at the heart of collaboration, ethnographic methods of investigation, and aesthetic production emerging from his “Aesthetics of Collaboration” project developed with curator Emelie Chhangur at the Art Gallery of York University, the Mississauga New Credit First Nations, and Monkey Vault Gym Parkour artists in Toronto, Canada. In Ethnographic Terminalia 2011, Vélez’s work will be exhibited alongside work selected by the curatorial collective, and works produced by our local partnering organizer, Concordia University’s Center for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (CEREV).

The curators seek projects in any medium for inclusion in Ethnographic Terminalia 2011 that take up the theme:  field, studio, lab. These three locations––the field, the studio, the lab––comprise both their own communities of practice, and form sites of inquiry and production for artists and anthropologists. Field, studio, and lab are not only places where knowledge is produced, or ethnographic data gathered, but are spaces of everyday life and local cultural production; they are generative sites of encounter, negotiation, conflict, celebration, failure, disappointment and revelation—all of which can unsettle (or ossify) discursive, disciplinary, and methodological boundaries.  Click here for submission information. The submission deadline is June 24, 2011.

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